When 3 year old Jaylynn Thorpe wandered away from his babysitter Friday afternoon and was missing for over 20 hours, hundreds of family and friends wondered how he would stay warm during the night’s freezing temperatures. "We didn't forget the issue that 17 degrees was almost unbearable," said his father, James Thorpe.

Everyone hoped for the best, but had to face the possibility of the worst. "People all over the State of Virginia was down there looking for that child. For a while there, one time, I didn't know whether they would find him or not," said the child's grandmother and guardian, Katherine Elliot.

But thanks to his two puppies who stayed with him and who kept him warm, Jaylynn made it through the night until the search party could find him. Officials said the lost little boy and the two family puppies wandered up to a mile in the dark, even across a highway, but it wasn't until Saturday afternoon that members of the search team found him sitting by a tree, the two puppies nestled against him.

"When I first saw him, he was like, "Momma, I got cold. I slept in the woods last night. The puppies kept me warm." He told me that ... the dogs slept up against him. And I'm sure the body heat kept him warm," said his mother, Sarah Ingram. Billie Jo Roach, another member of the search party that found the boy, said the puppies refused to leave his side. As the child was placed in an ambulance to be taken to a local hospital for examination, "The puppies were watching where he went. "Where he went, they went," Roach said.

As word went out that the child was alive and well, family members cheered and cried for joy.

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